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In 1715, a later frost fair tried to emulate     The last great freeze, comparable
       the success of the great 1684 freeze,   with the frost fairs of the 17th and 18th
       when an ox was roasted on the Thames   centuries, was in 1963, the coldest winter
       at Hungerford Stairs. Unfortunately the   since 1740. Many Small Printer readers
       ice was not so thick as it had been in 1684   will remember it well. As a nine-year-old I
       and an unfortunate apple-seller, Doll the   helped my father dig away the snow from
       Pippin woman, crashed through the ice   our front door, which was buried under a
       and was drowned. She is immortalised in   snowdrift. Despite the bitter weather and
       John Gay’s The Art of Walking the Streets   record-breaking snow-falls, there is no
       of London (also known as Gay’s Trivia):  record of a printing press on the Thames
                                             that year, even though it froze in places. As
          The cracking crystal yields; she   a new ice-age approaches—although none
         sinks, she dies,                    of us will be alive to see it—I wonder if our
           Her head chopt off  from her lost  descendants might be printing keepsakes
         shoulders fl ies;                    on the capital’s frozen river? It would have
           Pippins she cried, but death her  to be letterpress of course, perhaps printed
         voice confounds,                    on an Albion. Doing the job with modern
           And pip, pip, pip, along the ice  technology just wouldn’t seem right. A
         resounds.                           solar-powered laser printer doesn’t have
                                             quite the same quirky charm about it.

                            Wanted - a new Editor
                                for Small Printer                B R I T I S H  ‡  P R I N T I N G  ‡  S O C I E T Y

                  B R I T I S H  ‡  P R I N T I N G  ‡  S O C I E T Y
          As you know, the magazine is a monthly publication. The main task of the Editor
            is to gather the material together, and check it for obvious errors like typos,
           spelling mistakes, grammatical inconsistencies (positioning of apostrophes is a
                                   particular bugbear).
             He or she then simply has to pass it on to the Design Editor, so no special
                     computer skills beyond word processing are involved.
             The position is for a period of three years. This gives time for the person to
           establish their own style, bearing in mind it is for a society who enjoy the art of
                                printing and its allied crafts.
          Any enquiry for further information regarding what is involved should be directed
                           towards the current Editor, Chris Green.
          Your application should be sent to the BPS Secretary, Peter Salisbury, at 4 Doran
              Drive, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 6AX, or emailed to

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